June 26, 2020

Dear Friends,

Please join me at two upcoming virtual events.

You may have heard or seen that the College Park Airport is conducting tree removal and trimming to comply with regulations and Federal Aviation Administration safety requirements. M-NCPPC paused the tree removal in late winter but will resume again in July. Learn more about this project and watch the May 21 presentation to the community here: http://www.pgparks.com/3030/College-Park-Airport .   Watch this presentation to the College Park City Council here .

On Tuesday, June 30, I am hosting a "Coffee and Chat" with the Department of Parks & Recreation to update the community on this ongoing airport safety project including additional tree removal, summer activities for youth, and an update on M-NCPPC operations. Please RSVP to CouncilDistrict3@co.pg.md.us and my office will share the link to join on Tuesday.

On Monday, July 13, I will kick off a virtual "Thought Series" of monthly conversations with District 3 residents on issues of importance to our County and community. Our first topic will be the County Budget and Tax Structure, including a discussion of CB-48-2020, a bill that would  enable the voters to decide in the fall about making changes to the homestead property tax cap.  Please mark your calendar for July 13 at 7:00 pm and watch for additional details coming soon. Future topics will include policing, health & human services, education, and the environment.

On July 8 and 22 I am partnering again to distribute free meals to District 3 seniors age 60+. Registrations are required by July 1. Reserve your free meals online https://bit.ly/D3Meals.

If you are able to volunteer to deliver meals to 8-10 District 3 residents who are not able to pick up their free meals on July 8 or July 22, please sign up here.

Click here for a list of food resources for the entire summer, including PGCPS meal sites which will start again next week.

COVID-19  -- Moving to Phase 2

As more places open, it is crucial to continue wearing a mask when outside of your home, continue social distancing, and continue washing your hands. Please remember this is a highly-spreadable disease where roughly 80% of those infected do not show symptoms. We have many vulnerable residents in our community.

As part of the full phase two reopening, residents are still encouraged to exercise caution and limit non-essential trips. A number of non-essential businesses and services will be able to reopen with modifications that protect the health and safety of employees and residents, including the following:   
  • Gyms, fitness centers and other indoor physical activities may reopen with 1 patron per 200 square feet of fitness space, not to exceed 50% capacity. All CDC guidelines and safety precautions must be adhered to.
  • Some recreational establishments may now reopen with capacity limits, CDC guidelines and other requirements in place. Casinos, bingo halls, bowling alleys, pool halls, indoor skating rinks and miniature golf may reopen at 50% capacity. Amusement parks may reopen at 40% capacity.
  • Social and fraternal clubs may reopen at 50% capacity, with safeguards in place.
  • Retail stores will be able to expand to 1 person per 100 square feet allowed in store, not to exceed 50% percent capacity.
  • Shopping malls may reopen up to 50% capacity, with safeguards and physical distancing in place.
  • All personal services, including barbershops, hair salons, nail salons, tattoo parlors, massage parlors, and spas, are allowed at 50% capacity and by appointment only. The same safety and health guidelines remain in place from the modified phase two reopening for these businesses.
  • Houses of worship may expand indoor services to 50% capacity, with safeguards and physical distancing requirements in place.
  • Childcare facilities can reopen for all children with health and safety precautions. In addition to the use of masks and gloves for all employees and having appropriate social distancing and disinfecting in place, they must also have a schedule for staggered drop offs and pickups, conduct daily symptom checks and have a strict dismissal policy in the event of positive cases.
  • Outdoor community pools, both public and private, may now expand to 50% capacity, but must practice proper social distancing guidelines. Indoor pools will remain closed.
  • Car washes are now allowed to perform internal cleaning, with all employees wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other safeguards in place.
  • Outdoor youth sports may expand to no more than 100 people in any area, still in small groups with no more than 9 children and 1 coach per group.
  • Large gatherings may resume with capacity limits, one person/family unit per 200 square feet up to a maximum of 100 persons. Venues for large gatherings must adhere to physical distancing requirements and CDC guidelines.
  • County Government buildings will remain closed to the public. The County Government is still open and operational, adding a number of virtual services in our agencies to ensure that we can still serve our residents.
The Prince George's County Memorial Library System is also moving toward a phased reopening plan. Learn more here.

Check out the County's COVID-19 dashboard for information about cases in Prince George's County, free testing sites, and more:  https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/3397/Coronavirus

As always, feel free to reach out to a member of my District 3 team or me if we can help you in any way. I am sharing updates regularly on social media, especially my Facebook page .   #onlytogether

Together Strengthening Our Community,

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Wanda Brooks 
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Alina Smith
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Alesha Wilson
Community Outreach & Special Projects Coordinator

If you have received this e-news from someone other than my office, and are interested in receiving this update directly, please email CouncilDistrict3@co.pg.md.us or call (301) 952-3060.